By ANDREW MUKOMA in Katombora
The provision of clean water and sanitation in communities must not be left to the government alone but even corporate partners must play a role in this quest, Kambora Member of Parliament Clement Andeleki has said.
Dr Andeleki has observed that many communities in the country such as Katombora in Kazungula District were still faced with challenges of clean water supply and sanitation.
He was speaking during the commissioning and handing over ceremony of the rehabilitation of Water Supply System project by JICA and Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP Zambia) to Katombora Reformatory and Community yesterday, Dr Andeleki said the government will always appreciate efforts by partners such as JICA in providing services to communities.
He said that the project is a gift that greatly supplements the government’s effort in providing better water services to the juvenile offenders and the surrounding community.
“In light of the new shift in the management of correction facilities which take priority among others the respect of human dignity and provision of clean water, this gesture by JICA has come at the right time.
The New dawn government has taken the welfare of the lads at the centre stage so that the school is able to deliver quality water services and manage the school in compliance with the internationally acceptable standards,” he said.
And speaking at the same event, Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy in Zambia Oominato Satoshi disclosed that an amount of $US 115, 648 was spent on the rehabilitation works of the project.
Mr Satoshi said that the financial assistance for the rehabilitation works came through the Undikumbukile Project Zambia (UP Zambia) in December 2020.
He said that this was in order to replace the old water supply system with the new pipes and pumping station as well as expand the distribution network to nearby communities, namely Maluka and Mashekwa to improve the water access among the people of Katombora area.
Mr Satoshi said that this posed unprecedented challenges to the community and deprived thousands of people of clean water.